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  • Google tried buying Spotify but backed off because of whopping price tag 3 hours 57 minutes ago

    New York: Internet titan Google tried last year to buy streaming music service Spotify but backed off for reasons including a whopping price tag, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The Journal cited an unnamed source as saying that Sweden-based Spotify was asking for more than $10 billion despite being...
  • Google Maps now available in Hindi 22 hours 20 minutes ago

    Jaipur: Search giant Google today launched its Google Maps in Hindi seeking to make its navigation service more useful for users locally. Google Maps in Hindi will be available for desktop and android mobile phone users, who will be able to see Hindi names for cities, localities, important roads and routes...
  • Google's business chief Nikesh Arora resigns, to join Japan's SoftBank as vice chairman 4 days ago

    San Francisco: Google's chief business officer, one of Chief Executive Officer Larry Page's key lieutenants and the company's main liaison to Wall Street, is leaving the Internet search company, the latest high-ranking executive to depart. Nikesh Arora, who joined Google nearly a decade ago, will move to Japan's SoftBank Corp as...
  • Google celebrates Nelson Mandela's legacy with an interactive quotable quotes doodle 5 days ago

    New Delhi: To commemorate Nelson Mandela's 96th birthday, on July 18, Google is posting an interactive doodle celebrating the life of the anti-apartheid icon, who also served as President of South Africa. The doodle takes us on a visual journey through Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela's life interspersed with six of his most...
  • Self-parking to autonomous braking: Here's how smart cars will change driving 5 days ago

    Paris: Why waste your time looking for a place to park when your car can do it for you? An idea that was pure science fiction only a few years ago is becoming reality thanks to automatic robot cars. A car with no one on board drives into a car park...
  • Bill ensures emails, photos won't die with a person 6 days ago

    Washington: A group of influential US lawyers says it has an answer to the question of what should happen to Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts when a person dies. The Uniform Law Commission was expected to endorse a plan on Wednesday to automatically give loved ones access to a...
  • Google+ no longer requires people to use their real names 1 week ago

    San Francisco: Google+ apologised and stopped requiring people to use their real names while mingling in the online social network, as it looks to gain ground on market leader Facebook. "When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on...
  • Google's Nest launches network technology for connected home 1 week ago

    San Francisco: Google's Nest Labs on Tuesday unveiled an industry group to encourage makers of smart home gadgets like locks and light bulbs to use Thread, a new standard for devices to communicate on a network. The attempt by Nest, a smart thermostat maker that Google bought in January for $3.2...
  • Google to develop 'smart' contact lenses 1 week ago

    Zurich: Swiss drugmaker Novartis has struck an agreement with Google to develop "smart" contact lenses that would help diabetics track their blood glucose levels or restore the eye's ability to focus. The device for diabetics would measure glucose in tear fluid and send the data wirelessly to a mobile device, Novartis...
  • Google celebrates Germany's World Cup win with an animated Paul the Octopus doodle July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: During the course of the 31-day football extravaganza in which 32 participating teams played 64 matches, Google posted an unprecedented 63 World Cup 2014 doodles on its different home pages around the world.The last in the series celebrates Germany's well-deserved victory in the football World Cup. The doodle...
  • Here's how you can control Google Glass with your thoughts July 13, 2014

    London: Focus hard and you will be able to control Google Glass with your thoughts alone. Yes, your power of thoughts can give the computer eyewear commands to do certain things, like taking a picture and even posting it to Facebook. Developed by London-based start-up "This Place", the open source "MindRDR"...
  • Android app PoochO lets commuters in Delhi locate, hire autorickshaws nearest to them July 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Now you can use your smartphone to hire an autorickshaw in the national Capital with a new App "Pooch-O", which was launched by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung. Delhi Intergrated Multi-Model Transit System (DIMTS) has develped "Pooch-O", which will now allow users to locate autos, fitted with GPS, nearest to...
  • Amazon launches Zocalo, challenges Google Docs, Dropbox July 11, 2014

    San Francisco: Amazon on Thursday launched an online service for collaborating on work projects in a challenge to tech titan Google. Zocalo is being billed as a secure, managed venue for storing, sharing and amassing feedback on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, Web pages, and other digital tools typically used to get modern...
  • China resumes Google services cut off during Tiananmen's 25th anniversary July 10, 2014

    Beijing: Users in China were able to access online services for Google Inc on Thursday, after more than a month of severe disruption that almost completely blocked people from using features such as its search, maps and e-mail functions. The Google disruption began in the run-up to the 25th anniversary of...
  • Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways partners Google to make flight search easier July 8, 2014

    Dubai: Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has struck a partnership with Google to make it more convenient for travellers to check the airline's flight schedules and fares using the search engine. Using Flight Search application of Google, travellers in the US, Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Poland and...
  • Etihad partners Google to make flight search easier July 8, 2014

    Dubai: Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has struck a partnership with Google to make it more convenient for travellers to check the airline's flight schedules and fares using the search engine. Using Flight Search application of Google, travellers in the US, Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Poland and...
  • What if Google sold itself back in 1997? Larry Page and Sergey Brin share the story July 8, 2014

    Back in 1997, Google was almost acquired by Excite, one of the early Internet portals and search engines. The world would have been a very different place if the acquisition that was initially pegged at $1 million that was later brought down to $350,000. In an interview with venture capitalist Vinod...
  • After beating Google, Korea's Naver goes global with messaging app Line July 7, 2014

    Seoul: The billionaire founder of web portal operator Naver Corp beat back Google Inc to leave South Korea one of few countries where the US search engine does not dominate. Now, Lee Hae-jin is stepping onto the world stage with Line, a messaging app developed by a subsidiary in Japan to...
  • NASA to send 3D Google smartphones for robots to space station July 7, 2014

    Mountain View: Google smartphones with next-generation 3D sensing technology are about to blast into orbit, where they will become the brains and eyes of ball-shaped hovering robots on the International Space Station. NASA plans to use the handsets to beef up its Synchronised Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES,...
  • Google reverses decision to delete British newspaper links July 4, 2014

    Google Inc (GOOGL.O) (GOOG.O) on Thursday reversed its decision to remove several links to stories in Britain's Guardian newspaper, underscoring the difficulty the search engine is having implementing Europe's "right to be forgotten" ruling. The Guardian protested the removal of its stories describing how a soccer referee lied about reversing a...
  • Fraud, sex, post-it art among links removed by Google in Europe July 4, 2014

    Brussels: Google's removal of search results in Europe is drawing accusations of press censorship, as stories from some of the continent's most prominent news outlets begin vanishing. The US internet giant said on Thursday it is getting 1,000 requests a day to scrub results. The US firm must comply with a...
  • Android Wear review: Rather limited in what it can do now but should evolve fast July 2, 2014

    New York: In its first iteration, Google's Android Wear software for computerised wristwatches isn't so much about innovation as it is an effort at simplification. Available in two smartwatches out within the next week, Android Wear is rather limited in what it can do. Even last year's smartwatches do some things...
  • Confessions of a rehabilitated Orkut addict July 2, 2014

    2004 Kolkata Book Fair. Our gang of college friends were roaming around the ground browsing books. Debarati picked up a copy of The Simoqin Prophecies. "See this?," she exclaimed. "The author Samit Basu is my friend on Orkut!" Those were the days of Orkut. Cell phones were still primarily used for...
  • Google buys music streaming service Songza July 2, 2014

    San Francisco: Google has acquired streaming music service Songza, the Internet search company's latest move to play a bigger role in the fast-growing online music business. Google said on Tuesday it would explore ways to incorporate aspects of Songza into its existing streaming music service over the coming months. For...
  • Flashback to 2006: When Orkut was the opium of the Internet masses July 1, 2014

    Google has announced that it will be shutting down its once-popular social networking website Orkut on September 30. The glory days of Orkut are now long gone with its last bastions India and Brazil also switching their loyalties to Facebook, this news item from eight years ago gives us an...
  • Orkut is shutting down and here's what you can do to preserve the memories forever July 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Google is shutting down Orkut, its "first foray into social networking," to focus on YouTube, Blogger, and Google+ services that have proven more popular. The technology titan will pull the plug on 10-year-old Orkut on September 30. Chances are that you didn't log in to your Orkut account in...
  • Google to shut down Orkut on September 30 July 1, 2014

    San Francisco: Google will shut down its early social-networking service, Orkut, which was launched ten years ago but has failed to put Google ahead in what has become one of the Web's most popular businesses. Google said it will shut down Orkut, which is widely used in Brazil and India but...
  • Google executives visit Cuba for first time to promote open Internet June 29, 2014

    Miami: A team of top Google executives is visiting Cuba to promote open Internet access, according to a dissident blogger who says she met the group in Havana. The team, led by Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, met with Cuban officials as well as independent people in the technology and digital field,...
  • Yahoo looking to buy YouTube content provider for $250 million: Report June 28, 2014

    Bangalore: Internet giant Yahoo has put in a bid of around $250 million to buy Fullscreen, a company which creates content for YouTube channels, Britain's Sky News reported on Thursday. Yahoo is looking to expand its reach to young consumers through the acquisition of the company, which generates more than 3...
  • All about Android One and Google's partnership with Micromax, Karbonn and Spice June 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Google has announced it will introduce sub-$100 (about Rs 6,000) smartphones, starting with India, by October this year as the tech giant eyes the next one billion Android users. The device will be produced by homegrown handset maker Micromax along Karbonn and Spice for India, which is the world's...